Speaker: Uwe Westphal, journalist, and author, Fashion Metropolis Berlin (2019)
Uwe Westphal tells the story of Jewish participation in Germany's fashion industry and how the Nazi loyalists of fashion contributed to the Holocaust. At the beginning of the 20th century, the majority of the fashion houses were owned by Jewish people. They influenced the arts, theatre, film, and painting. Movie stars like Marlene Dietrich helped create and promote the style. After 1933, within the following six years, 2,700 Berlin Jewish fashion companies were confiscated, and Jewish owners were robbed of their properties. Today, there still exists a "wall of silence" in the German fashion industry.
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